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Chautauqua Institution
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CWRU Law School
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CWRU Law School
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Cooperation and Conflict: International Trade, Investment, and Cross Border Disputes
Canada-United States Law Institute
40th Anniversary Conference
APR 8, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Law School Rotunda and Tinkham Veale University Center
CLE Credit
Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit
$200.00 for all partcipants

The economic relationship between Canada and the United States has long been a pillar of the countries’ unique relationship. With both nations seeking to grow their competitiveness in an increasingly integrated and global economy, this aspect of the U.S.-Canada relationship again finds itself in the spotlight. As in many areas of the Canada-U.S.relationship, this priority lends itself to close cooperation and collaboration, but also results in conflict and disagreement.

The 2016 Annual Conference of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute will bring together law, policy, business, and government experts from both countries to explore this deep and nuanced bond between the two countries, particularly with respect to recent developments in trade and investment. The emerging mega-regional and other multi-lateral trade agreements present a host of challenges, including intellectual property, agriculture, investor-state dispute resolution, and natural resources, among others.

Founded in 1976, the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, serves as a forum where government officials, business and legal professionals, scholars, NGOs, and the media examine and resolve issues confronting the Canada-United States relationship. It is jointly managed by Case Western Reserve School of Law and Western Ontario Faculty of Law.
Continuing Legal Education Materials

Additional Information
Thursday, April 7: Welcome Reception, Dinner, Distinguished Lecture
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law Upper Rotunda
The conference is free & open to students & faculty; dinner is $50



Dickinson Wright



Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Opening Dinner

Location: George C. Gund Hall, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

1:00 p.m. Inaugural Canada-United States Business-Law Case Competition - Room A57

3:30 p.m. Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute

5:00 p.m. Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees

6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction – Law School Rotunda

6:30 p.m. Presentation of the Henry T. King Award

6:40 p.m. 40th Anniversary Reflection and Presentation of Prof. Sidney Picker Award
Professor Sidney Picker, Founder of the Canada-United States Law Institute

7:00 p.m. Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture: H.E. Rosemary McCarney, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament

7:45 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, April 8, 2016

Location: The Glidden House Inn
1901 Ford Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

7:30 a.m. Annual Meeting of the Canada-United States Law Institute Advisory Board
Breakfast – Glidden House Dining Room

8:15 a..m. Proceed to Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Co-Dean Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Dean Ian Scott, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

8:45 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Thoughts for the New U.S. and Canadian Administrations
Moderated by Consul General Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit

  • The Hon. James J. Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan and United States Ambassador to Canada
  • The Hon. James S. Peterson, former Minister of International Trade for Canada and Minister of Parliament
  • The Hon. Gary A. Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States and Premier of Manitoba (pending confirmation)
  • David C. Jacobson, BMO Financial Group, Vice-Chair; former Unites States Ambassador to Canada

9:45 a..m. Break

10:00 a..m. Panel - Carbon Mitigation: Pricing Approaches and the Potential for Cross-Border, State-Province Cooperation
Moderated by Juscelino Colares, Case Western Reserve School of Law, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law, Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

  • Kyle Graham - California Air Resources Board, Senior Attorney
  • Chios Carmody - University of Western Ontario, Associate Professor; Canadian National Director, Canada-United States Law Institute
  • Stanley “Skip” Pruss - 5 Lakes Energy, Principal and Co-Founder; formerly Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Director
  • Dr. David Houle - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Post-Doctoral Fellow; Institut Québécois du Carbone, Vice-President and Research Director

11:00 a..m. Distinguished Lecture: The H.E. the Honorable Bruce Heyman, Ambassador of the United States to Canada

11:45 a..m. Break for Lunch

12:45 p..m. Panel: Investor-State Dispute Settlement  in the Canada-United States Context
Moderated by Timothy Webster, Case Western Reserve School of Law, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Asian Legal Studies

  • Andrea Kay Bjorklund - McGill University Faculty of Law, L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, and CIGI International Law Research Program, Senior Fellow 
  • John K. Veroneau - Covington & Burling LLP, Partner; formerly Deputy United States Trade Representative
  • Brenda Swick - Dickinson Wright LLP, Partner
  • Charles H. Brower - Wayne State School of Law, Professor of Law
1:45 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. Distinguished Lecture: Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large, The National Post

Introduction by Stephen Petras, BakerHostetler LLP, Partner, and Canada-United States Law Institute, United States National Director

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Panel: Comparative Approaches to Trade Agreements
Moderated by Lawrence Herman - Principal, and C.D. Howe Institute, Senior Fellow

  • Ross Hornby - General Electric Canada, Vice-President, Government Affairs and Policy; former Canadian Ambassador to the European Union
  • Juscelino Colares - Case Western Reserve School of Law, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law and Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
  • Elliott Feldman - BakerHostetler LLP, Partner

3:45 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. Panel: The Future of Multilateralism – Bi-lateral Prospects
Moderated by Richard Cunningham, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Partner

  • John Weekes, Bennett Jones LLP, Senior Business Advisor; former Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization
  • Susan Esserman, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Partner; former Deputy United States Trade Representative
5:30 p.m. Closing Reception

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